BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College earned two more Appalachian Athletic Conference wins Wednesday afternoon as the Lady Bulldogs topped the Lady Cavaliers of UVa-Wise 2-1 and 3-1 in a double-dip at Union Field.
With the two wins, the Lady Bulldogs improve their record to 9-7 (3-1 AAC) while the Lady Cavaliers fall to 4-14 (0-4 AAC) on the year.
The Lady Bulldogs seemed to be on the verge of opening the scoring in the first inning in game one when leadoff batter Ali Blauser (Hopkinsville, Ky.) earned a free pass, stole second and was then bunted over to third with only one out.
From there UVa-Wise hurler Lauren Snead tightened the screws on the Union offense, earning a strikeout and a fly-out to end the early threat. Snead then made light work of the Lady Bulldog offense for the next four innings, retiring 12 consecutive Union hitters.
Union did not record its first hit of the contest until an Ali Blauser single with two out in the sixth inning.
UVa-Wise threatened to score in the top of the third when the Lady Cavaliers loaded the bases with two outs, but Sarah Driver (Hopkinsville, Ky.) slammed the door shut, getting a ground out to end the inning.
The Lady Cavaliers opened up the scoring in the fifth inning when Katie Rinkewich smacked a leadoff double. She was moved over to third base on a sacrifice bunt and then later scored on a throwing error to put UVa-Wise up 1-0.
The score remained 1-0 into the seventh inning when junior Gina Loflin (Salisbury, N.C.) led off the final frame with a sharp single down the left field line. Loflin then stole second and was moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt from Abby Sears (London, Ky.).
From there head coach Danny Fish sent pinch hitter Autumn Greenwell (Hopkinsville, Ky.) to the plate. Greenwell wasted no time leaving her mark on the game as she crushed a fastball over the left field fence for a game winning two-run home run.
Union's Sarah Driver (5-3) was just as dominant in the circle as UVa-Wises' Snead. The Hopkinsville native tossed all seven innings for the win, giving up just six hits and no earned runs while striking out seven Cavaliers.
Driver now moves her season record against AAC opponents to 2-0.
Autumn Greenwell led the way for the Lady Bulldogs offensively, going 1-for-1 with a homerun and both RBI's.
Ali Blauser also had a solid game from offensively, going 1-for-2 with a single and a walk, while also swiping two bases. Gina Loflin also added a hit for Union as she finished the game 1-for-3 with a single.
Union took the momentum from the end of game one right into game two as the Lady Bulldogs scratched three runs across the board in the opening inning. Gina Loflin smacked a single, scoring Sarah Driver to open the scoring.
Ashley Tatman (Lexington, Ky.) followed Loflin's RBI single up with a two-run single of her own, pushing the Union lead to 3-0.
The early cushion would be all the offensive help Abby Sears (4-3) would need as the sophomore went the distance, scattering six hits and six strikeouts while only allowing one earned run.
Ashley Tatman finished the game going 1-for-2 from the plate with two RBI's. Gina Loflin collected the other Union RBI, while going 1-for-3 in the game.
Senior Bethany Outland (Hopkinsville, Ky.) and Abby Sears collected the other two hits for the Lady Bulldogs in the contest.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Saturday as it will play host to conference foe Tennessee Wesleyan College. The double header is slated to start at 2:00 p.m.